A star quarterback for a D-II college football team was beaten by players from the opposing team one day before Saturday’s CIAA title game. The conference is composed of historically black colleges and universities.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, “Rudy Johnson, Winston-Salem State University’s starting quarterback, was beaten up by five Virginia State football players during the CIAA football banquet Friday afternoon, according to multiple sources”:
The fight broke out in a bathroom at the Anderson Center on the WSSU campus during an event associated with Saturday’s CIAA championship game between WSSU and Virginia State, according to an employee of the Anderson Center who would not identify himself and two WSSU football players who tried to intervene.
“We don’t know a lot of what happened but we do know our starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, was beaten up,” said Chancellor Donald Reaves of WSSU, “and he didn’t beat himself up.”
Johnson, who is 9-0 as a starter this season, will likely not play in Saturday’s championship game, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bowman Gray Stadium.
According to the outlet, the “Virginia State staff is investigating the incident,” and one player has reportedly been arrested.